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“But it’s different here”—An international perspective on the business of dentistry

June 30, 2016

As a business consultant, I have been providing training, coaching and mentoring services to UK and Irish dentists and their teams for the last 23 years. Additionally, I have had the opportunity to work with clients in a number of European and other countries, including Turkey, India, the US, Canada and Australia. I consider myself a bit of a rebel and love to talk about innovation in business and how it applies in dentistry and the wider health care environment.

Growing a successful dental implant clinic

May 18, 2016

BILLINGHAM; UK: In April 2016, Dr Ian Lane, a managing partner at Queensway Dental Clinic, together with Richard Elliott, Managing Director of Queensway’s Dental Laboratory, presented a webinar to a global audience of over 350 dentists, giving their insights into what they feel have been the most fundamental factors of growing a successful dental implant clinic.

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Succession and exit: Avoiding costs and legal wrangling

April 29, 2016

Whether you are in the final stages of your career or just starting out, the need for a succession plan and exit strategy is equally important. You may be a sole practitioner or partner within a partnership or own shares in an incorporated dental practice, or it may be that you are contemplating the purchase of your first acquisition—one thing you need to ensure is that provision is made for a future sale or the circumstance of a sudden death.

Causes and treatment of breath odour

April 9, 2016

Breath odour is the presence of odorous volatile organic compounds in the breath of individuals. It is a widespread problem, as it affects a high percentage of the adult population; 30% of the global population suffers from chronic oral malodour and 74% considers it an issue. Breath odour has strong social implications for the sufferer and it significantly affects normal social interactions.

The new NimrodAligner: From straightforward to complex cases

March 2, 2016

As a dental practitioner, helping your patient choose the right alignment system from the many available to improve his or her smile can be very daunting. Whatever the patient’s lifestyle, the attributes typically desired are comfort, discreteness and the shortest treatment time possible. Depending on the case, it can sometimes be quite difficult to achieve all of these with one alignment system, as each is designed to achieve very specific and individual movements, and not all are designed to do this for the whole arch.

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The new NimrodAligner: From straightforward to complex cases

March 2, 2016

As a dental practitioner, helping your patient choose the right alignment system from the many available to improve his or her smile can be very daunting. Whatever the patient’s lifestyle, the attributes typically desired are comfort, discreteness and the shortest treatment time possible. Depending on the case, it can sometimes be quite difficult to achieve all of these with one alignment system, as each is designed to achieve very specific and individual movements, and not all are designed to do this for the whole arch.

What it takes to build the ultimate practice team

February 24, 2016

It is said that all teams are groups, but not all groups are teams. What separates the two is interdependence. A true team is focused on a common purpose; team members support one another and enhance each other’s work and contribution. Andrew Carnegie captured this accurately when he said, “Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.”

Reassessing risk factors for periodontal disease

January 14, 2016

Traditionally, dentists have been taught that both dental caries and periodontal disease develop and progress as a direct result of patients’ over-frequent consumption of refined sugars and patients’ failure to remove bacterial plaque effectively. Miller’s acidogenic theory of caries development and the non-specific plaque hypothesis based on Loe’s work in the 1960s allow dentists to present a simple cause-and-effect explanation to patients. Since then, the dental profession has blamed patients’ poor oral hygiene for periodontal breakdown and dental caries while often failing to diagnose and treat other contributing causative factors.

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